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Neil Simon

American playwright, writer, academic

Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony Award nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. His parents' financial difficulties affected their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters, where he enjoyed watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After graduating from high school and serving a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, he began writing comedy scripts for radio programs and popular early television shows. Among the latter were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, (where in 1950 he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart and Selma Diamond) and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. His first produced play was Come Blow Your Horn (1961). It took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successes, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965). He won a Tony Award for the latter. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." From the 1960s to the 1980s he wrote for stage and screen; some of his screenplays were based on his own works for the stage. His style ranged from farce to romantic comedy to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three awards. In 1966, he had four successful productions running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 he became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.
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The Sunshine Boys

play by Neil Simon that was produced on Broadway in 1972

author: Neil Simon

Brighton Beach Memoirs

1984 play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

1984

California Suite

play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

Biloxi Blues

1985 play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

1985

God's Favorite

play by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

I Ought to Be in Pictures

play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

play by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

The Gingerbread Lady

play written by Neil Simon

author: Neil Simon

They're Playing Our Song

author: Neil Simon

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